Prestigious international advocacy competition comes to Ghent University

(05-03-2020) This weekend, Ghent University will be the first ever Flemish university to organise a regional final of the prestigious ELMC advocacy competition

This is one of the biggest advocacy competitions in the world, and showcases the top lawyers of the future. They tackle political matters which currently lack a conclusive judicial answer.

For more than thirty years, students from all over the world have been participating in the European Law Moot Court (ELMC), one of the world’s biggest advocacy competitions when it comes to law in the European Union. To give you an idea: every year almost one hundred universities take part. 48 teams remain following the first written round. These end up in four regional finals, with twelve teams per final. The best team per final is invited to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Topical themes

The subjects treated during the competition are always very topical. They are political matters. This year, the topics will be ritual slaughter, the Brexit and daylight-saving time. Students must be able to debate in both English and French.



Three years ago, Ghent University took part in the first part of the competition. It was an immediate bullseye: Yasmina El Kaddouri, in the Ghent team, was invited to debate in the regional final. She is now doing an apprenticeship with Walter Van Steenbrugge. This year, once again, the Ghent team made it through to the regional finals. Anais Renard’s team came second in the final in Leiden.


Ghent University as the host

This year Ghent University is organising one of the four regional finals, which is a primeur for Flanders. That means that we will be playing host to a grand total of 12 universities from all over the world between 5 and 8 March.


Fancy attending the final? You can! Although the public are unable to attend the initial rounds, it is possible to watch the finals. They will be held in the Aula and the Academy Council Chamber (Volderstraat 9, Ghent)on Saturday 7 March
9:30 am - 10:40 am: Semi-final 1 and 2
10:40 am: Deliberation by the judges
11:00 am - 12:10 pm: Semi-final 3 and 4
12:10 pm: Deliberation by the judges
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Final
4:00 pm: Ceremony in Aula and reception in Peristilium (Volderstraat 9, Ghent)


Joyce De Coninck
Vakgroep Europees, Publiek- en Internationaal Recht

09 264 68 97

Femke Gremmelprez
Vakgroep Europees, Publiek- en Internationaal Recht
09 264 69 07